Secrets to Success

Do I need to have experience to take dance lessons? No. Students with no music or dance background can learn to dance. Lessons are individually planned to help you reach your goals as soon as possible.

Do I need to have a partner to take lessons?  No. During a private lesson, your instructor will be your partner. If you are in one of our group lessons, you will be dancing with other students and rotating partners to give you the experience of dancing with a variety of people.

I have “two left feet.” Is there any way to correct this?  Not without surgery. Just kidding. Our simple method of showing you the elements of dance and teaching you the rhythm of each dance will quickly help you to know your left from your right foot. There’s no limit as to how good you can become.

Do I need special clothes or shoes?  Clothing and shoes that are comfortable and allow free movement should be worn. Shoes should have leather or suede soles. Rubber soled shoes stick to the floor hindering your movement and flip-flops and clogs fall off.

Am I too young or old to learn?  Students of all ages are welcome at Puttin’ on the Ritz Dance Studio. Most range in age from 16 through 85 years of age. It’s never too late or too early to start dancing.

Will it take me a long time to learn?  Everyone learns at a different pace, and each has different goals in mind when they come to the studio. Enrollment in a combination of private lessons, group classes, and practice dances will help you to learn faster than if you just took one class a week with no private lessons or practice dances.

How do I avoid colliding with other couples while dancing? While dancing, leaders should not look directly at the couple you want to avoid, because you will hit them (believe us, you will!). Instead, concentrate on looking at the open spaces and you will dance there.

Where should I be on the dance floor as a beginner? Dancers who do not travel around the floor very much should dance toward the center of the floor. This includes dancers who may need to go slowly while practicing new steps. The outside of the floor is available for dancers who may have a little more experience and travel around the floor more freely.